Sunset and a palm tree in Kalutara

Kalutara Tours and Travels

About Kalutara

Originally an important spice trading port, Kalutara is now a bustling market town with many road side stalls selling a variety of goods. It is popular for the purple Mongosteen fruit, a local speciality which is worth trying. However it should be noted that the reddish-brown juice of the fruit's outer shell is potent and if it soaks into your clothes it can be impossible to remove. Fresh fish can also be found in abundance in the various markets throughout Kalutara.

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Other attractions include the renowned Gangatilaka Shrine, which is the only hollow Buddhist shrine on earth. It features 74 murals depicting the story of Buddha. Not far from here is the plantation mansion - Richmond Castle, which tastefully blends British and Indian architecture. It is possible to canoe or cycle around these picturesque grounds, either option enabling travellers to soak up the gorgeous views.

The beautiful palm fringed beach is the main reason for visiting Kalutara. This huge white sandy expanse of a beach is north of town and remains relatively unspoilt, so it is definitely well worth a visit. Spend the day basking in the glorious sunshine while you spread out on a towel or take a dip in the delightfully warm water. Alternatively, visitors can take a boat cruise along the Kalu Ganga, an experience that provides some spectacular photo opportunities as well as the chance to get some unique perspectives of the region.

Kalutara Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Kalutara

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Kalutara Hotels

If you are planning a Kalutara holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Kamili Beach Villa Kalutara

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Standing on four acres of beachfront landscape, the Kamili Beach Villa is an eco friendly resort boasting some excellent facilities. Guest rooms are very spacious with beautiful hard wood flooring and stylish teak interiors. The resort also offers a relaxing Ayurvedic Spa as well as a fantastic outdoor pool and a gym. Guests are invited to end each day with a delicious meal over looking the Indian Ocean. The accommodation is perfectly located on the beach front of Kalutara.

Kalutara Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Kalutara.

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